Our 2023 Research Awards are open

This year we are running the Donald Paterson, PIER and Simon Newell awards for excellence in research. These awards are now open and applicants must submit their application by midnight on 19 December 2022.

The Donald Paterson Award

In memory of Dr Donald Paterson, this award is given to a pre-consultant grade medical practitioner working in the UK for the best article on any subject related to paediatrics.

Submitted articles are reviewed by an adjudicating committee established by the Academic Board of the RCPCH and are judged with respect to innovation, presentation, quality and scientific value.

The winner is awarded at RCPCH Conference. The winner receives £200 and a certificate, in addition to expenses covered for travel and a day entry pass to the Conference.

Apply for the Donald Paterson Award


The award is designed to recognise the multidisciplinary research teams who make outstanding contributions to involving paediatric patients and families in the development and delivery of research.

It is open to research active paediatricians and paediatric focused research teams of up to four people. The individual or team should highlight their contribution to excellent paediatric patient/family engagement in the design and delivery of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies.

The winner(s) will receive a trophy and free day attendance to RCPCH Conference and Exhibition (including reasonable expenses) where they will be presented with the award by the RCPCH President.

Apply for the PIER Award

The Simon Newell Award

With GOSH Charity and Sparks, we are running the Simon Newell award to recognise one outstanding young medically qualified researcher in British paediatrics.

The award winner will receive a trophy, £1,000 for themselves and £1,000 for their department. They will be presented with the award at the RCPCH Conference and Exhibition, with expenses covered and one day entry for the conference.

Apply for the Simon Newell Award

Applications for these three research awards will close at midnight, 19 December 2022.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact us at research@rcpch.ac.uk.